Revising Scene

Okay, I’m slammed again today and tomorrow is PopD (His Girl Friday! YAY!) so here are the rough notes for another teaching handout that’s going up on the website soon, this one on revising scene. Yes, I am buying you off. You’re going to see some similarities to the Revising Story handout because novels are made up of acts, and acts are made up of scenes, and scenes are made up of beats, and novels, acts, scenes, and beats are all units of conflict, just different lengths. Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny, the structure of the atom is the same as the structure of the universe. Be the scene. (Too bad Caddyshack isn’t a romcom.)

BASIC SCENE DYNAMIC
The PROTAGONIST (who owns the scene)
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The ANTAGONIST (who shapes the scene and who if removed from the scene would cause the conflict to collapse).
IN PURSUIT OF A CONCRETE GOAL
(The concrete, specific, external things they are trying desperately to get, not inner peace.) Continue reading